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Careers fair for young people with a disability 08.11.19

WHAT do I want to be when I grow up? What do I have to do to get there? Who can help me on my way?
“These are questions that young people often ask” explains Anne Timoney Meehan who is to the fore in organising a unique event in LYIT on Saturday, 16 November, targeting young people with disabilities or additional support needs, aged 16 years or over.
“For some, there is often a clear career path but for young people with a disability or additional support needs it’s not so easy” says Anne Timoney Meehan who is the Co-ordinator of the Donegal Children & Young People’s Services Committee.
“That’s why we are hosting a dedicated Training, Careers & Lifestyle Fair on Saturday, 16th November, in Letterkenny Institute of Technology from 12pm to 4pm. We are targeting young people with disabilities or additional support needs and their families, who are interested in further education, training or employment opportunities or who are looking for sport, recreational and lifestyle activities. Their supporters, carers and those working in community projects and the disability sector are also welcome”.
Launch of the Training, Careers & Lifestyle Fair for young people with a disability which will take place on Saturday 16th November in LYIT. Picture includes Anne Timony Meehan, Donegal Children & Young People’s Services Committee, Gearoid Horkan, Donegal Children & Young People’s Services Committee and Loretta McNicholas, Donegal County Council along with members of the Committee’s Disability Inclusion Working group.
Speaking about the event Anne explains “on the day, there will be 40 information stands covering further education and training opportunities and supports; employment supports; recreation and sporting opportunities.
“There will also be a range of information workshops’ including the ‘Onside Project’ from the Independent Living Movement of Ireland; new adaptive technology in use in the Donegal Library Service; rights and entitlements, training opportunities, coaching supports into employment as well as sport and leisure opportunities and much more”.
“I hope that after attending this event, the next time a young person with a disability or additional support needs asks ‘what do I want to be when I grow up? ’ they will realise that it’s entirely their choice and that there is a wide range of supports available to help them to achieve their full potential and thrive” says Anne.
Local Link will provide free transport to all young people with disabilities and their families to this event, and all you have to do is register by contacting CYPSC Coordinator Anne Timony Meehan at Anne.TimonyMeehan@tusla.ie or call 087 3527651 or CYPSC Administrator Gearoid on gearoid.horkan@tusla.ie .
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